(07/28/2012)
Former Grantsville Mayor Gary Knight was charged by the Grantsville Police Department after a complaint was filed by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, following an incident at the Grantsville office on May 17.

Knight was charged with willful disruption of government process, after he went to the Grantsville office making threats against officials, according to the criminal complaint.

Knight was reportedly upset that his wife had been dismissed from the agency.

Administrator Joe Johnson said Knight was "yelling and making verbal threats" against him, according to statements from Johnson and DHHR employees.

Johnson, according to the criminal complaint, said Knight was beating at his office window from outside and then came through the main door of the office, yelling "Come out here you red-headed m----r f----r, if you think this is over, you're wrong."

Witnesses in the complaint said Knight was pounding on doors, yelling and cussing, "You come out here you (deleted) and let's settle this now ... this is not over yet."

An agency employee, in the complaint, said Knight pointed a finger at her and said "This is not over for you either," while employees called the police.

Calhoun prosecutor Rocky Holmes, during a hearing in Calhoun magistrate court, issued a pre-trial diversion on the complaint, essentially meaning that if Knight does not cause further problems, the changes could be dropped.

A review hearing on the matter is set for December 19 before Magistrate Teresa Carpenter.


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